Professor Gary Banks

Professor Gary Banks sits on The Mandarin‘s editorial advisory board.

Professor Gary Banks commenced as dean and CEO of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government in January 2013 following a long and successful leadership record at the Productivity Commission, which has become Australia’s most respected independent source of policy research and advice to government. He is also currently the chairman of the OECD’s Regulatory Policy Committee, an independent director of Macquarie Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council.

Banks was chairman of the Productivity Commission from its inception in 1998. In addition to overseeing the commission’s development and activities, he personally headed national inquiries on a variety of significant public policy and regulatory topics. These included research and development, infrastructure regulation, greenhouse policy, private health insurance, gambling policy, housing affordability, availability of finance, the National Competition Policy, executive remuneration, import safeguards and trans-Tasman economic relations.

For many years, Banks chaired the COAG Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services and was the initial convenor for the review’s Working Group on Indigenous Disadvantage. For several years, he oversaw the Commonwealth’s regulation-making processes through the Office of Regulation Review, and in 2007 established its successor body, the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

In earlier years, Banks worked at the Centre for International Economics, Canberra, and has been a consultant to the OECD, World Bank and the World Trade Organisation. He was previously a senior economist with the GATT Secretariat in Geneva, and visiting fellow at the Trade Policy Research Centre, London. He holds degrees in economics from Monash University and the Australian National University.

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